- Worked from 12:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Had dinner at Franny's. Really enjoyed the Ricotta, Buffalo Mozzarella, Oregano, Garlic and Hot Peppers pizza.
- Very amusing Wikipedia article about Timothy Dexter, "an eccentric American businessman who was peculiarly lucky and never bothered to learn to spell"
- Article discussing studies concluding that the teenage brain is particularly sensitive to rewards but not correspondingly sensitive to risks
- Blog post about the hilarious phenomenon that Berkshire Hathaway stock jumps every time Anne Hathaway gets a lot media attention, due to the crudeness of robotrading algorithms
It turns out that I don't have a whole lot more to say at this point about my interest in the Middle Ages, which I discuss in my previous post. I just want to mention that I'm also very interested in how people at the time perceived the world. Knowledge and ideas are our perceptual technology, and medieval people had a very different toolkit. We have Google and Wikipedia; they had town criers and local wise men. We have the scientific method and the theory of evolution; they had doctrine and superstition. It's hard to imagine what it was like to see the world -- and to try to make sense of it -- through such lenses. These days we must look to the frontiers of science in order to encounter phenomena that strike us as otherworldly and inexplicable. Back then I imagine people routinely had their minds blown by the wondrous vicissitudes of nature. Their world must have been a magical one, and I want to experience that magic to the extent I can.